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Are You Ready for Some FOOTBALL?

School has not started here, but this Friday I am going to a pre-season RAVENS football game. I am EXCITED! Everyone in my family is a die-hard sports fan. Some lean more towards Orioles Baseball or Maryland Terps Basketball, but everyone of us is a Ravens Fanatic. It started when I was really young. My Dad would listen to the Baltimore Colts games on the radio. His enthusiasm was contagious. I loved hearing him explain about Johnny Unitas or Raymond Berry and some incredible play. I went to a few games in high school and college. But all that changed one night. The Baltimore Colts were moved to Indianapolis in the middle of the night. I actually cried over it! And to this day, I have a dislike for the Indianapolis team. Finally, Baltimore got an NFL franchise. The city came alive again. A new stadium was built and a new generation of Baltimore football fans emerged.

My niece moved to Denver and found a Ravens fan club there. She watches all the games with these new friends now. My brother-in-law has season tickets and is a very generous guy, so many in our family get to attend games with him! If we are not at the game, we are glued to the TV set cheering on the Ravens.

My niece and I at a Ravens home game over the holidays

Football season also means great tailgating and fun food to eat. SNICKERS® has teamed up with the NFL to offer mini bars with the NFL logo – of your FAVORITE team. These candies are being sold exclusively in Walmart. Be sure to stop in and get some of your own. I think the bagged candy is so much easier to store and it keeps everyone (me included) from eating too much at one time! Thanks SNICKERS! Yesterday I picked up a few bags of minis to make treats for our tailgating event this weekend. I decided to make two decadent chocolate desserts.

SNICKERS® Mini Cupcakes

Take your favorite brownie mix and prepare according to the package. Line 24 mini muffin with paper liners. Spoon in enough batter to cover the bottom. Place an unwrapped SNICKERS® Mini on top. Spoon on enough mix to cover the candy. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let set in pan to cool for 10 minutes. Remove to serving tray. These are also a perfect treat to freeze and serve later!

Imagine the surprise when your guests think they are eating a cupcake and get a burst of chocolate delight from the insides of these!

SNICKERS® Stadium Brownies

I found this recipe on the back of the Ghirardelli’s Brownie Mix. I changed up a few things. You can use this with any brownie recipe. Prepare brownie mix according to directions. Pour into a greased pan. Spread a layer of popped popcorn on the top. You can use Kettle Corn, Buttered Corn or Plain. I have tried all three. Then layer on 2 cups of chopped SNICKERS® Minis. Press gently into brownie mix. You can also add more chocolate chips or peanuts. This time I omitted both of those and the results are great. It has all the stadium favorites right in the brownie! Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes. Cool in pan. Store in airtight container. These cannot be frozen.


Have I got you ready for some FOOTBALL? Or are you ready for some delicious SNICKERS goodness? There is a #SnickersMini PINTEREST Party from August 29, 2012 – September 12, 2012. Have you ever participated in a PINTEREST Party? They are really easy and so fun and you get a chance to win a $750 Walmart Gift Card. If you are not on PINTEREST it is easy to join. You don’t even need an invite anymore. The full instructions about the party and how to win will be posted on August 29. 2012 on For more information about SNICKERS check out their FACEBOOK PAGE or if you are on TWITTER, you can follow them @SNICKERS.

I will close with one final RAVENS picture. Last year, the Ravens made a great run for the Super Bowl. On the Sunday of the final game, this was posted at my brother’s church. My nephew Garon is the sign fixer. He gets the letters and numbers lined up and changes the sign each week. This week, he let his love of the Ravens shine! Garon is autistic and I love being with him and he is often featured in my blog posts, so it was only fitting to end with one of my favorite Garon Shots!!

disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and SNICKERS® Brand NFL Minis #SnickersMinis #CBias #SocialFabric”. I am a fan of chocolate, football, the Ravens and SNICKERS!!

Do you love entertaining? Do you love Chocolate? Then I have found the perfect gift for you–a Velata Chocolate Fondue Maker. What is Velata, you ask? Glad to tell you!!

Velata is a Latin word meaning ‘veiled’ or ‘covered’. The perfect description of a chocolate covered strawberry! The warmer features a silicone dish for warming and serving food. The dish is microwave and dishwasher safe. The warmer technology keeps the melted chocolate at the exact temperature. No scorching, stirring or watching needed. Now that makes Velata warmers the perfect party centerpiece. The quality is excellent, since Velata is from the Scentsy family line of products.

I have been using my Velata Warmer for a few months now and it has been a WINNER! People naturally gather around and enjoy tempting treats covered in delicious chocolate. Have I mentioned the premium Belgian Chocolate?! There are currently four flavors available, milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate and caramel milk chocolate. Something for every chocolate lover. The chocolate comes in a microwave-safe pouch. Pop it in for a minute or two and then pour into the silicone dish. It will stay at the perfect temperature–til the dish is empty. If you don’t have a microwave, the chocolate pieces can be poured into the dish and melted, it will just take a bit longer. Once it is melted, turn the switch to LOW to keep the chocolate at the perfect temperature.

AND there is one to match anyone’s decor. Check out these colors and styles!


The Curve available in Key Lime, Huckleberry, Clementine, Maraschino, Licorice, Blue Jazz


Pedestal available in Rouge, Noir, Key Lime, Clementine, Huckleberry, Licorice, Maraschino, Blue Razz

Velata Warmers, available in 3 styles and 6 colors, retail for $40. Each warmer comes with 4 matching fondue forks. Additional forks and a lid may also be purchased. The extra long cords have a dimmer switch so you can keep your chocolate at the perfect temperature. You may also purchase a bundle with 2 warmers and 6 chocolates for $105. Chocolate bundles are also available. The 3 pack is $20 and the 6 pack is $35.

If you are interested in purchasing a Velata warmer or would like information about hosting a party, please email me You may also order online at my Velata site. I am having a sale this month on warmers, email me and I will send you the information. You won’t be disappointed in this Entertaining Experience!